Midwestern Seminary announced a partnership with The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to equip doctoral studies students in becoming the next generation of Christian ethicists.
Beginning in May, certain modular-format seminars for Ph.D. and Doctor of Ministry degrees—both with an emphasis in Christian ethics—will be offered to Midwestern Seminary students either in Nashville or Washington, D.C. In addition to Midwestern Seminary’s ethics faculty, several of the courses will be taught by ERLC President, Russell Moore.
“Few issues are being engaged so extensively in today’s popular culture like ones that are ethical in nature,” Allen said. “In existing for the church, Midwestern Seminary offers, through these doctoral degree programs, an opportunity for students to study at the highest level in preparation to address head-on the ethical challenges facing Christians.
“It brings me great joy to have Midwestern Seminary partner with Dr. Moore and the ERLC staff in expanding our doctoral offerings to include these ethics emphases’ seminars. As the Southern Baptist Convention’s entity that deals in these issues day in and day out, their expertise and wisdom will provide crucial insight into the field of Christian ethics and into the issues needing to be addressed within the church and broader evangelical community.”
The 52-credit hour modular Ph.D. Biblical Studies degree with an ethics emphasis includes courses such as Biblical Ethics, Worldview and Ethical Theory, Contemporary Issues in Ethics, Marriage and Sexuality, and Bioethics.
Also, in addition to the 30-credit hour Doctor of Ministry degree with ethics emphases’ core curriculum, seminars such as Marriage & Sexuality, Bioethics, and Worldview & Ethical Theory round out the program’s requirements.
Commending the partnership with Midwestern Seminary, Moore said,

“The future of Christian ethics is the future of the church. The next generation of the church needs the next generation of ethicists to be equipped to fight the good fight of the faith in the public square. That’s why the ERLC is excited to partner with Midwestern Seminary on these exciting doctoral degrees.”

Phillip Bethancourt, ERLC executive vice president, added, “The ERLC is excited to expand our SBC seminary academic partnerships with these new Midwestern Seminary degree programs. What is unique about the new Ph.D. degree offering is that it is our first partnership on a program specifically in the classic discipline of Christian Ethics.”
Midwestern Seminary students will have the first opportunity to take the “Contemporary Issues in Ethics” Ph.D. seminar (available to D.Min. students) in Washington, D.C. on May 23-24. The deadline to enroll in this seminar is April 7.
“Partnerships like this represent the best of the cooperating nature of Southern Baptists,” said Jason Duesing, Midwestern Seminary’s provost. “I am grateful our students will have the opportunity to join others from our sister institutions as well as receive instruction from Dr. Moore and the great work he is doing at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.”
For more information about becoming a doctoral student, or for questions about enrolling in the Ethics Seminar, contact the MBTS Office of Doctoral Studies at docstudies@mbts.edu.